Nagpur: In a surprisingly efficient move, the education department declared lottery results for free school admissions under the Right To Education (RTE) quota within 24 hours of holding the draw. Premchand Raut, coordinator for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan (SSA), said, “Lottery results have come and parents have been intimated through SMS on their registered mobile numbers.”
The admission process for selected applicants will start on Thursday. Raut said, “Between May 19-28 all admission formalities have to be completed. Parents need to ensure that all documents are in order and have to submit them to the school accordingly.” He added that parents must carry originals of the documents they had submitted during application process. “It is important that both documents must absolutely be the same, otherwise they won’t be accepted,” said Raut.
Schools will verify address proof very carefully as location of school with respect to the applicant’s residence is the most crucial parameter. Rules say applicants must select schools between 1-3km radius from their residence. While applying online, the applicant has to pinpoint his residential address of Google Map after which the software throws up names of eligible schools. Since mapping is done completely based on applicants’ input, it is vital to cross check address proof.
Shahid Sharif, chairman of NGO RTE Action Committee said, “Also parents have to ensure that messages from education department do not bounce. Usually, this happens if there is no space available on the phone and parents may miss out on the intimation from department. I have had cases today wherein only two SMS have come even though parent had applied at three schools. So, there are these technical issues that need to be sorted out.”
Contrary to public perception, the highest number of applications were received for a state board school, Prerna Convent. MLC NG Ganar (teachers constituency) said, “It’s a good school near Reshimbagh and more ever, I am proud that it’s our state board school. If schools maintain quality then applicants will definitely flock there for admissions.”
Sharif felt that this is healthy sign. “People are looking at a variety of factors. The high number of applications for state board schools gives a clear indication on the changing view point of parents,” said Sharif.
Source : The Times of India